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The front matter serves as a guide to the contents and the nature of the book. It carries also the subtitle and the full name(s) of the author(s) as they are printed on the cover.
The table of contents (often titled just Contents) is the first page on which the page number appears (v, vii or ix – depending on whether there is a dedication/epigraph).
The table of contents should contain the title and beginning page number of everything that follows it: acknowledgements, book parts, chapters, sections, list of references, etc.
Most of us are familiar with the basic book design: we know that the preface comes before the first chapter and the appendices are somewhere towards the end.
But the ordering of some book components can be less obvious: Do acknowledgements follow or precede the table of contents?
However, much of the content is still relevant and teaches you some basic La Te X—skills and expertise that will apply across all platforms.
Your thesis could be the longest and most complicated document you'll ever write, which is why it's such a good idea to use Now we can finish off the preamble by filling in the title, author and date information.
What comes first – the appendix or the bibliography?
And what is the difference between a bibliography and a list of references?